A 40-year-old woman was caught red-handed on the premises of Government Pentland Hospital here on Saturday, allegedly attempting to abandon her 15-year-old daughter’s newborn, a few hours after birth.
Doctors of the hospital grew suspicious over the woman when they found her loitering on the hospital premises with the new born around 6.30 am, after which, they alerted the police personnel of the All Women Police Station (AWPS) here. Police rushed to the spot and picked her up for enquiry. This, in turn created a flutter on the hospital premises.
On interrogation, the woman, Riswana of Pernambut said the child belonged to her minor daughter, who gave birth to the child during the early hours of the day at their house, officials said, quoting her.
Since her daughter was not married and became pregnant after being sexually abused by someone, she decided to abandon the baby. She had taken the child to the Pentland Hospital to get rid of it, said the police officer attached to AWPS.
Following instructions from SP P Vijayakumar, police forwarded the case to the officials of the District Social Welfare Department and handed over the child to them.
District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO) P Gomathi directed the department staff to identify the child’s mother and bring her in for an inquiry. She also forwarded a complaint to the Pernambut Police to take action against Riswana for trying to abandon the child and the person who sexually abused the minor girl.
The DSWO said, “The child is healthy. We will hand over the child and the minor girl to the government approved adoption centre-cum-aftercare home for women at Tirupattur. After confirming that the minor girl gave birth to the child, we will hand over the child to her.”